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Hello Monday and welcome to another exciting week on the blog. How was your weekend? I hope you had a good one? I have another fab week of wonderful weddings lined up for you, starting off with this modern London wedding from Amy B Photography. Obviously I love a boho wedding, full of flower crowns, hay bales and DIY details, but equally I love a modern wedding and that’s what we have today. Hannah and Matthew chose the Hawksmoor because they wanted a cool modern restaurant that serves great food and reflected them as a couple. With giant light up letters to add that extra wow factor this wedding just oozes style and sophistication.
Hannah and Matthew were married on 1st November 2014 at St Lawrence Jewery and Hawksmoor, Guildhall. ‘We both live in London and wanted something that reflected us as a couple – a cool restaurant in the heart of the city ticked that box and the value for money at this particular venue was incredible. We had 120 guests in total and the wedding took 9 months to plan.’
How they met
We met through Matts sister (I lived with her at university) and we have been together for 6 years
The weekend before Christmas Matt had booked le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons in oxford, we had a beautiful lunch and the idea was for him to propose in the grounds, after walking down an amazing flower walled path we came to a greenhouse with two glasses and champagne on ice. Matt looked totally shocked and ushered me out as quickly as possible – we had only gone and gate-crashed someone else’s proposal. I muttered something that resembled some smooth bastard is about to propose -This obviously through matt sidewise and we continued into Oxford for some cocktails. He later proposed that evening in the mal mason, oxford where we were staying. It was wonderful and hilarious at the same time, after finding out that his agenda was to do it much earlier…
How did you allocate your budget
The budget was mainly spent on the venue, as this included the food and drink. This was extremely important to us, as we are such a foodie couple that the meal was the main part of the day that we felt our guest would look forward too. We also wanted to make sure there was a party atmosphere, so the DJ and band were a crucial part to the evening.
How did you choose your photographer
I had seen Amy’s pictures online and fell in love with her natural, relaxed but fun style. We knew we didn’t want anything too posy and the way she has captured other peoples weddings felt right
My dress was jesus Piero, shoes by Jimmy Choo and my accessories were all vintage hand me downs.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Matt wore a Kooples navy suit and Ghost Navy bridesmaid dresses
Vintage dusky pink rose
Big Letter light bulbs M & H, a black and white dance floor, however the venue is art deco and didn’t need to much dressing as it was fabulous already.
Porter house steak, chips, mac n cheese, seasonal greens and vegetables
Sticky toffee pudding was served for dessert so we chose Layers of cheese as the wedding cake instead.
We had a New Orleans style Jazz band, they actually met us outside the church and walked us to the venue like a March band.
Buy or DIY your Stationery
Matts sister is a graphic designer, she designed our invites and everything to match followed.
Personal or Handmade Touches
Instead of confetti, we gave everyone sparklers after the ceremony in guildhall courtyard, it worked really well with it being close to bonfire night.
The actual ceremony was beautiful, my brother sang in church and my highlight was dancing the night away with all my close friends and family.
Advice to other couples
My advice is if you organise a wedding that you feel comfortable with and that reflects both of you as a couple, the day will be so much more relaxing. Remember you are the one spending the cash, so you need to let go on the day and just enjoy every minute of it.
Throughout my dad’s speech, he mentioned how my favourite film was father of bride when I was growing up ‘I had always said I would wear trainers to get married back then… and then he handed me a pair of peronsalise converse with Matt on one shoe and Hannah on the other – the jimmy’s didn’t last much longer after that!